Dec 12, 2010 7:34 PM by Matt Stafford

Police looking for armed robbers

Colorado Springs Police are searching for two men accused of a violent robbery at a medical marijuana dispensary.

Store owners caught the crime on tape, and gave a copy to News First Five.

Watching the video, it's a sight Ryan Orness never wanted to see -- his medical marijuana dispensary being robbed and his employee being threatened with a gun.

"See, he's got that gun right there." Orness said while showing the video to News First 5.

The robbery happened right around closing time, Saturday night, at S.S.I. Care Center on East Cimarron. Orness says one of the two men came in alone at first. Then, after checking things out, he called in the other. The two men emptied the cash register and well as cases of marijuana from the shelves.

The employee stood back and let them take it -- exactly how Orness told them to handle a robbery.

"Just to give them what ever they wanted," Orness says. "All of our stuff, it will grow back."

The employee is shaken, but luckily okay the next day.

Now Orness wants to find the robbers.

"That one still picture, he looks pretty familiar," Orness says, referring to a shot of one of the robbers coming in the front door. He's turned it, along with the rest of his footage and audio, over to police to investigate.

In the mean time, Orness is buying more security. He's heard similar robbery stories at other dispensaries and doesn't want to be a victim again. He urges others to do the same.

"I hope it works out that if you rob a dispensary you're going to get caught."

For his case, he'll have to wait and see.

Police are looking for two black men. One is in his early 30s with long dreadlocks. Springs police describe the other suspect as in his mid-20s, thin and wearing a Halloween-type mask.

The dispensary is offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

If you have any information, call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000.



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